Programs for College Students or Graduates - COPE Health Scholars

Programs for College Students or Graduates

Health Scholar

The Health Scholar program allows you to gain firsthand experience in both clinical and administrative health care settings and become an integral part of the care delivery team. You will assist with basic care for patients alongside nurses, physicians and other members of the care delivery team, and have opportunities to learn the “business” of health care to better prepare you for your health care career. This program is offered year-round with enrollment occurring every quarter. Most individuals graduate from the program in 15 months after completing 250 hours of health care experience with a commitment of one 4-hour shift per week. For those looking to complete the program faster, we offer 9-month and 3-month options where you will receive priority shift selection in order to finish at an accelerated pace. Additionally, upon graduation, Scholars will receive a completion certificate from UCLA’s Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management. The program is offered at various health care sites throughout California, Washington and Hawaii.

Intensive Health Scholar

The Intensive Health Scholar program is perfect for individuals looking to gain firsthand experience in a clinical setting, along with health care management interactions and experiences, in an intensive format across eight (8) weeks during the summer and four (4) weeks during the winter. Students participate in skill-based workshops, such as suturing, and attend a seminar taught by UCLA faculty. Upon graduation, Scholars will receive a completion certificate from UCLA’s Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management.

Care Navigator Scholar

The Care Navigator Scholar program offers individuals the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in improving health outcomes. As a Care Navigator Scholar, you will receive training to prepare you to connect patients to educational resources, community-based opportunities, and more. Under the mentorship of care coordinators, you will be uniquely positioned to support interventions targeted towards special populations including homeless individuals and those diagnosed with chronic conditions.

Compare the Options

Health Scholar Intensive Health Scholar
Feature 15-month 9-month 3-month 8-week 4-week
Seasons Offered Year-round Fall
Summer Winter
Guaranteed (4-hour) Shifts* 1 per week 2 per week 5 per week 6 per week Varies
Total Field Experience Hours 250 168 136
Initial Training Hours 30 40
Required Graduation Hours 280 220 188
Completion certificate from UCLA’s Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management
COPE Connect Membership (1-yr.)
UCLA Lecture 4-hour lecture 1-hour lecture
Skills Workshop (i.e. Suture Clinic)
Resume Workshop
Career Panel
CPR Certification (included in tuition)^
Application Fee $20 $30
Tuition Fee $225 $395 $495 Early Bird: $1,195
Regular: $1,295

*Guaranteed shifts refers to the minimum number of shifts a student will be scheduled for during their chosen program based on length. Students may choose to add shifts only if shifts above minimum guaranteed number are available at any given time.

^CPR certification is required for all health scholars, but only certain programs include this as part of the tuition

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